Updated: Sep 17
What you don't know, can't hurt you.
What a load of shit that is!
Let me just tell you first hand that what you don't know can hurt you, and if it doesn't it can most definitely scare the bejesus out of you!
My goosebumps have goosebumps!
Has anyone ever told you, "what you don't know can't hurt you."
Well I am here to tell you that that is a load of crap.
Let me tell you about my day! The kids went down for a nap around 1, after being outside for most of the morning. I had brought the dogs inside for a break. About an hour and a half later the dogs started whining and running for the door. I knew that meant there was probably an animal outside, but there had been a deer in the back yard this morning, and the dog had chased a rabbit out of the yard earlier today. I know the dogs won't chase the deer they will just keep them out of the perimeter of the house so I figured whatever I will let them out.
They ran to the front of the house just down from the front door. They were both barking and growling and running around in the front plant bed. I walked out the front door to see what they were going after, assuming it was a squirrel or a bunny.
For reference of the landscape of my front door, you walk out the door onto a small concrete slab at the top of 3 concrete steps. There is a brick wall on either side of the top step that goes from about waist height (while standing on the top slab) all the way to the ground. Then there is a rail on either side leading to the bottom step. To the right, as you walk out the door, the ground is simply the front yard. To the left, as you walk out the door, is a mulched area with some bushes, the gas meter, the laundry vent, and a favorite place for the dogs to go sniffing around.
So as I walk out the front door, I can hear squeaking, and then a strong rattling and chattering noise. It almost sounded like when you were little and you would play the with door stoppers that were on a little bit of a spring and stuck out from the wall. I walked the step and a half to the left and leaned right up against the brick to see what was on the other side, but I could see nothing but the two dogs going bananas. So I leaned over further, hanging on the brick trying to see if something was hitting the gas meter and maybe that was the noise. I still couldn't see anything out of the ordinary.
I backed up from the brick and heard the noise again, only this time I saw it!
RIGHT WHERE I WAS LEANING, there was a small gap between the brick wall and the house. Well when I had let the dogs out, they had run to the front of the house and chased something that ended up stuck in that small gap. So here I am on the top step staring at a nose, whiskers, and big teeth and listening to the loud sound of rattling and squealing. There was a good sized Woodchuck stuck inches from my feet.
Pardon the lingo, but in being honest my immediate response was
I was afraid to open the front door because it was right next to the face, and what if it wasn't really stuck it was just waiting for a way out and then ran into the house where the kids were sleeping! It was also a step and a half away from my feet so what if I ran and it chased me. Those teeth were intimidating. Well, for me at least. The dogs didn't seem worried.
I slowly backed down the steps and ran far around the house to the back door to come back inside. I somehow lured the dogs back in, and then just stood there wondering what the hell I was supposed to do next. I had . . . And two hours later still have full blown goose bumps.
So I did what any normal person would do in this situation. I called my "not husband" (as we are now calling him) and made him come home from work. In the meantime I let my wild animal dog outside again to see if the Woodchuck was still there. I couldn't see the spot it was stuck from inside the house so that was the only way to tell without going outside.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not a monster. My dog has a pretty solid record! She is 7.5 years old and to date she has taken out countless red squirrels, a couple mice, 2 woodchucks (one of which she ate whole before we knew about it), and 3 skunks. In all that, she has never had a scratch on her (yes, I just knocked on wood). She is literally our wild animal. If she was bigger I would assume she was part wolf since she was a rescue and we only know what the mom was. So I don't worry about her holding her own. She loves the hunt.
Well she ran back out there and sure enough there was that noise again, and just as loud.
To cut the story somewhat short, Cory (the not husband) came home grabbed a hockey stick, stood on the other side of the stairs and pushed it out of the gap it was stuck in. It fell out and has not moved. . . But it's still alive. So here I am, not letting the kids outside or the dogs, and we are bringing in a trap tomorrow.
Here I was just innocently going about my business. I went to check on the dogs knowing nothing at all, and little did I know that inches from my leg were giant Woodchuck teeth! What I didn't know seconds ago was now scaring the shit out of me.
While my situation couldn't really be helped and was somewhat of a freak incident, and no, no one was injured (except maybe the Woodchuck, we still don't have that information), it was still very frightening and could have attacked out of fear, chewed a hole in my leg, or given me rabies.
This was a great reflection of the need to get better before we find out we are worse!
What I mean by that is, we need to stop going through everyday eating crap and doing nothing and thinking, well I'm fine right now, so it doesn't matter. We need to stop thinking, I should really get healthier before I end up with diabetes, or dementia, or some other chronic inflammatory disease. We are slowly causing more issues every day that we put it off, and just because we haven't had the symptom yet that causes us to go to the doctor, that causes the doctor to run the test, that finds the problem, and causes the diagnoses, doesn't mean that we shouldn't already fear what we are doing to our bodies.
When you abuse it, you ruin it. Just because you can't see the scars doesn't mean they aren't there, and that they can't get worse, and that by the time you find them it might be too late.
What you don't know CAN hurt you.
This goes for not only what's going on inside your body, but also knowledge! The knowledge of what can help and what can hurt is more beneficial that anything.
If you have no idea what kind of gas goes in your BMW, but they all come out of the same pump and one is $1.50 a gallon, one is $3.50 a gallon, and one is $5.50 a gallon and as far as you know they are all the same, what one are you going to use?
The same goes for our bodies. It all comes from the same store, it all looks similar in the well marketed packaging, and we have no idea which one is good, which one is bad, and which one will eventually kill us.
The workout programs and classes all promise the same thing, and show similar transformations, but we have no idea what one we might actually stick to, or what ones are worth it, so we choose not to choose and end up doing nothing.
Everyone around us seems busy and stressed and that's been all we have ever known as normal, so we think nothing of the fact that the stress is actually slowly shutting down the natural processes of our bodies. For that reason, we change nothing. All because we don't know, and we aren't educated on what is actually happening.
What you don't know can hurt you. So learn!
Had I known there was a rather large woodchuck inches from my foot, I would have avoided going out the front door, I would have avoided stepping closer to it. Had I not cared to look and see what was going on, I could have put the puppy, who is not a wild animal, at risk, I could have let my kids back outside and my 2 year old who loves animals could have found it. It could have remained stuck and died there creating an extremely terrible scent that would eventually stream into my house. I could have sat on the brick wall later (as I sometimes do) and literally had my lack of observation bite me in the ass!
Don't let what you don't know hurt you. Don't wait until it's too late. Let's get healthy now!
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